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But while the ingredients are the same, Ballard and Palahniuk bake at completely different temperatures. Unlike his British counterpart, who tends to cast his American protagonists in a chilly light, holding them close enough to dissect but far enough away to eliminate any possibility of kinship, Palahniuk isn't happy unless he's first-person front and center, completely entangled in the whole sordid mess. An intensely psychological novel that never runs the risk of becoming clinical, Fight Club is about both the dangers of loyalty and the dreaded weight of leadership, the desire to band together and the compulsion to head for the hills. In short, it's about the pride and horror of being an American, rendered in lethally swift prose. Fight Club's protagonist might occasionally become foggy about who he truly is (you'll see what I mean), but one thing is for certain: you're not likely to forget the book's author. Never mind Ballardesque. Palahniukian here we come! --Bob Michaels --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is a fabulous book written in a very unique style.
Great read if...you enjoy Chuck's other works, strong characters, interesting takes on society, plot twists, well crafted as well written novels.
I love the movies, don't get me wrong, but there is so much more you can get out of a good book, and Chuck is like that.
Saw the movie and decided to read the book anyway. About one third of the way through I gave it up. I couldn't feel any empathy for the characters and didn't much care what... Read morePublished 3 days ago by L. E. Dietz
This novel launched Palahniuk's career on an upward trajectory and he's been riding that ever since. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joshua Benedict
Chuck palahniuk is a great writer. Most of his books including this one, are violent. He describes scenes so graphically, you can hear the characters yelling, you can feel the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by kayla
Great book, got it on the exact date, no damages to the book. Recommend if you want to read a sort of alternate version of the movie.Published 6 days ago by Kyler Carter
The novel behind the cult classic movie is every bit as good. A great read!Published 10 days ago by A. Visconti